Hi all -
New to the forums here. I’m struggling a bit with where I am in the training and wanted to see if the community had any insight.
I started cycling more seriously due to COVID (had dabbled with Peloton before that). I’ve been on a smart trainer since ~ September and so far, have loved it. I was doing a Sweet Spot base plan (mid volume) and I thought Phase 1 and 2 were great. My FTP estimate from my first Ramp in September was about 261, and I recently ended up at 309 (https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/zouf/rides/96253439-ramp-test) with a bodyweight of 77kg.
I’ve transitioned into Build and noticed that workouts are getting harder mentally and physically. I expected that, so I’ve been able to keep getting through most of them. But with the latest Ramp test (309), I’ve found the intensity to be overwhelming.
I am generally fine with the first workout of the week (usually some sort of 2-3 minutes at high intensity like Baird+6), but by the time I reach Thursday’s over-under or Saturday’s supra-intervals, my legs are jello. I usually have to drop the intensity down, and this week I’ve had to bail entirely on some workouts. Note that I can hold on to longer 20-30 minute intervals on Sunday, but then the cycle of misery starts all over again the next week. I stopped doing AM workouts because of this since I was never able to keep up with the intensity in the mornings, which was itself a bit of a bummer.
I have a competitive background, so I know how to push it when I have to. It just feels like on TR I have to constantly “dig deep” for 3 or 4 workouts per week which is going to burn me out (if it hasn’t already).
I’m posting here since I don’t quite know what I’m doing wrong. Maybe it’s my diet? Maybe the volume is too high? I’d like to keep riding 5 days a week, but don’t know how I can do that with TrainerRoad’s workout plan. Maybe I should switch to a traditional plan instead of sweet spot plan?
Any tips or suggestions from the group would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!